Watch holychild turn an empty house into a glitter-filled party in their "Best Friends" video.
Hitting up clubs is so 2012. For their "Best Friends" video, Los Angeles duo holychild perform outside an abandoned home in Bombay Beach, California, rocking out without fear of noise violations or available electrical outlets. The band chills with biker kids and aging, mustache-loving beach bros, throwing their own demolition derby in the empty house. By the time they're done tearing it up, gold glitter's exploding from the air like a Ke$ha concert. Shout-out to the band's sassy dance moves.
Watch holychild's "Best Friends" video after the jump.
Pillowfight's "Get Down" video is a love letter to life on the road.
Pillowfight is Dan the Automator (Gorillaz, Deltron 3030) and Emily Wells -- and also a fun thing to do with your little brother. The unlikely duo's latest team-up is on "Get Down," a track about life on the road that doubles as a video love letter to touring. "Get on a bus, you might like it," Wells sings as cameras follow her pulling luggage to a hotel room. She devises her own ways to have fun between gigs: without playing with her food (definitely a tour no-no, right?), she turns boring meal plates and napkins into MOMA-worthy table art. So that's why you order room service.
Watch Pillowfight's "Get Down" video after the jump.
David Bowie and Tilda Swinton battle fame monsters in the condiment aisle.
With one comeback single down and a new album due in March, we're still wondering: What exactly has David Bowie been doing over the last 10 years? In his new video, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," the glam-rock god provides one possible explanation. "We have a nice life," he and Tilda Swinton (!) tell each other in the luckiest grocery store in the world, but their time as an average couple is soon haunted by ripped-from-the-tabloids celebrities. Are their visions meant as mental illness? Ghosts? Metaphors? "Twin Peaks"? Given Bowie's low profile over the last decade, him exploring the battle between vegetable-aisle, mustard-cardigan domesticity and hard-partying stardom's anything but crazy.
Watch David Bowie's "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" video after the jump.
PK is back with a new name: Night Riots.
If California rockers Night Riots sound familiar to you, it's probably because you've been jamming to the band's The Lost Boys Sessions since they were called PK. One name change later, the quintet's embraced a spookier, synthesizer-based sound on "Spiders," their first track under the new moniker, and singer Travis Hawley still commands the music with Brandon Flowers-esque confidence. "We will march on, into the night," he encourages over ghostly backing vocals, "Don't let up, don't fade away." The band didn't forget their electric guitars, which chime in brightly on the second verse -- though it seems their vintage lightbulb days are behind them.
Watch Night Riots' "Spiders" vignette video after the jump.
Bat For Lashes goes where the wild things are in her new "Lilies" video.
Perhaps 2013 is shaping up to be the year of the monsters. A day after Cloud Cult dropped their creature-filled video for "Good Friend," Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan pals around with a trio of people-size fantasy beasts in "Lilies," which is off of her latest album, The Haunted Man. From right to left, we have a fang-blob, a Death Rooster, and an eyeless fish, all future stars in "Nightmares We're Going to Have Tonight" (directed by Spike Jonze and due in the summer of 2014). But after they make a claw-handed introduction, the group just hugs it out to "Lilies"! Phew. Stick around for the parts where our heroine makes an avian transformation and becomes a steampunk knight -- it only gets more awesome.
Watch Bat For Lashes' "Lilies" video after the jump.
Body Parts serve up a tasty new track, "Perfect Water."
Leave it to a band from L.A. to write a song called "Perfect Water." The track's half of a new single from Body Parts, an Echo Park quartet led by frontman Ryder Bach. "Perfect Water" pours out like a farm-to-table cocktail, one part Local Natives rhythmic gymnastics, one part Dirty Projectors vocal athleticism, and a slice of Talking Heads grooviness -- making for a full glass of intoxicating indie rock. Even better: Refills won't wreak havoc on your credit card debt.
Listen to Body Parts' "Perfect Water" after the jump.
Meet Cloud Cult's new furry friend.
Cloud Cult's "Good Friend" begins with the sounds of partying, but the Minnesota band's video for the song opens cooler and calmer. A kid plays alone in a snow-covered park, playing tic-tac-toe against himself -- been there, broseph. Luckily, Lonely Boy avoids a life of "Angry Birds Star Wars" and finds his "good, good friend": a woolly, bug-eyed monster with excellent sword-fighting skills. The dynamic duo takes a page from "Where the Wild Things Are," starting up a food fight and getting totally busted, dealing with squabbling parents and spreading a big-hearted message. If throwing cafeteria pasta with a 6-foot muppet is wrong, we don't wanna be right.
Watch Cloud Cult's "Good Friend" video after the jump.
Mo' parks, mo' Fake Problems.
Sunny afternoon, park bench, dude with a guitar -- doesn't sound like a problem to us. For his unplugged performance of "Small Devil Song," Fake Problems' Chris Farren pulls the song back from careening punk to an energetic one-man take. The new track's out alongside another fresh Fake Problems song and two from Orlando rockers You Blew It! on the Florida Doesn't Suck split 7", which landed last week. (We've never been, so we're gonna take their word for it.) "Small Devil Song" would've been a campfire hit during our camp counselor days, though it would've taken us all summer to master Farren's pinpoint ax work.
Watch Fake Problems' acoustic "Small Devil Song" video after the jump.
All the Mowgli's need is love.
Clear eyes, red hearts, can't lose. The Mowgli's play Cupid in their adorable video for "San Francisco," spreading love, music, and cartoon hearts across the city just in time for Valentine's Day. It may not be everyone's favorite holiday, but "San Francisco" should leave even the most bitter haters ready for roses and chocolate boxes. Do like Frank Ocean and enjoy the sweet life, people -- you deserve it. The video concludes with a sing-along block party led by the eight-member band, with the whole thing nailed in a single epic take.
Watch The Mowgli's "San Francisco" video after the jump.
Nervous Nellie has a "revealing" vision quest in their "Gloves" video.
"The gloves are coming off," Henrik Jonzon sings on Nervous Nellie's "Gloves," and the Swedish band's new video for the track definitely does not hold back. The stop-motion animated video trails a primitive paper figure through a camping trip gone wrong, as a supernatural fire and wolves scarier than Liam Neeson in "The Grey" chase our hero deep into the dark. He emerges with beardy, Tom Hanks-in-"Castaway" confidence as ish gets truly weird. The video vision quest's a metaphor for the balance between our civilized lives and our wilder selves, which sometimes need to, um, reveal themselves in a magic mirror. "Sleeping Beauty" this isn't.
Watch Nervous Nellie's "Gloves" video after the jump.